Volume 2.32 (August 5-11)

Taken (Sarah Stillman, New Yorker)– Really shocking stuff.  Lies at the intersection of too much police power, abusive local authority, and the nationwide tragedy of unnecessary budget cuts.

Jeff Bezos and WaPo

Journalism needs a business model.  Can Jeff Bezos find one? (Jim Tankersley, WaPo)

Newspapers should be more like Amazon (Julius Genachowski and Steven Waldman, New Republic)

The decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else (Neil Irwin, Wonkblog)

Edward Snowden, meet Jeff Bezos (Jay Rosen, PressThink)

Culture

On Punctuality (Kevin Williamson, National Review)

Too much information (Ian Leslie, Aeon)

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC (Stephen Fry)

Seitz Stands Strong With Movie Theater Shushers (Matt Zoller Seitz, The Vulture)– A couple of months back, I had the idea that it would be a great concept to have theaters offer certain showings of first-run films where heckling the film and generally being obnoxious were accepted and valued parts of the experience.  This is certainly not the way I would want to see many films, but it would feel good to vent every now and again.

It Isn’t Just About Fun and Games (Chris Suellentrop, NYT)– An adult gamer (emphasis mine) explains how he got and stayed hooked on video games.

The Feminists of Zion (Allison Kaplan Sommer and Dahlia Lithwick, New Republic)– A coworker, who is Jewish, commented to me about these articles that the Haredi, in her opinion, were just like the fundamentalist Muslims.

End of Life, at Birth (April R. Dworetz, NYT)

Politics

Why Hillary Terrifies the GOP (Sady Doyle, In These Times)

Everything You Know About Immigration is Wrong (Ezra Klein, Wonkblog)

The Free Market Backfires (David Sirota, In These Times)– Feels like there ought to be a German word for this…

False Concerns for the Poor (Matt Bruenig, The American Prospect)

Le Affaire Snowden

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies (Glenn Greenwald, Guardian)

Whistleblower, Leaker, Traitor, Spy (Eyal Press, NYRB)

Mormonism

Hans Mattson & Inoculation of Church History (Greg Prince, Juvenile Instructor)

So You Want to Be a Male Feminist (Reese Dixon, Feminist Mormon Housewives)

Education

Why the world is smarter than us (Dana Goldstein, The Daily Beast)

God Was My Freshman Roommate (Amelia Thompson-Deveaux)

Economics

The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In (Judith Warner, NYT)

Science

Take Back Your Pregnancy (Emily Oster, Wall Street Journal)– I will confess that, during my wife’s pregnancies, I have been the deli meat Nazi.  We don’t drink alcohol or coffee, pregnant or not, but a line had to be drawn somewhere, right?

Science is Not Your Enemy (Steven Pinker, New Republic)

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